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Porch Pro Headshot Murphy Family Electric
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Whether for decoration or utility, ensure quality lighting in your yard from the 5-star experts at Murphy Family Electric in Martin's Additions, MD.
Whether for decoration or utility, ensure quality lighting in your yard from the 5-star experts at Murphy Family Electric in Martin's Additions, MD.
Porch Pro Headshot Green Wave Electric Inc
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(448)
Make your property look amazing even after dark with some help from Green Wave Electric, a 4-star-rated outdoor lighting company in the Calverton area.
Make your property look amazing even after dark with some help from Green Wave Electric, a 4-star-rated outdoor lighting company in the Calverton area.
Porch Pro Headshot Air 1 Mechanical System Inc.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Are you looking for the perfect company to get heating and plumbing services? At Air 1 Mechanical System, we offer the excellent services & Plumber Herndon in VA. We provide the great maintenance and quality services to our customers.
Are you looking for the perfect company to get heating and plumbing services? At Air 1 Mechanical System, we offer the excellent services & Plumber Herndon in VA. We provide the great maintenance and quality services to our customers.
Porch Pro Headshot Chas Electric (Chas Enterprises)
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(157)
We are the professional electrical company prepared to help you out! Serving our community safely and securely. We keep our service area small, so you can count on us to be there when you need us. Chas Enterprises offers many electrical services, such as: ​Outdoor lighting/wiring Surge protectors...Read more about Chas Electric (Chas Enterprises)
We are the professional electrical company prepared to help you out! Serving our community safely and securely. We keep our service area small, so you can count on us to be there when you need us. Chas Enterprises offers many electrical services, such as: ​Outdoor lighting/wiring Surge protectors...Read more about Chas Electric (Chas Enterprises)
Porch Pro Headshot White Spark Electric LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(17)
"the service that I received was very professional. The electrician answered all of the questions I had, and helped me select the best options for recessed lights in my kitchen. the job was high quality, and has greatly improved the look of my home."
"the service that I received was very professional. The electrician answered all of the questions I had, and helped me select the best options for recessed lights in my kitchen. the job was high quality, and has greatly improved the look of my home."
Porch Pro Headshot CRS Electric Company, Inc.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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"I have used CRS twice now for work on my townhouse, and have been extremely please with the quoted cost for work to be performed, the excellent workmanship and quality, and the professional manner in which all work was performed. I have recommended CRS to my friends and they have also been extreme...Read more about CRS Electric Company, Inc.
"I have used CRS twice now for work on my townhouse, and have been extremely please with the quoted cost for work to be performed, the excellent workmanship and quality, and the professional manner in which all work was performed. I have recommended CRS to my friends and they have also been extreme...Read more about CRS Electric Company, Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot GettsTheJob Done
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(17)
"Great rates and fast response time. They were very friendly and arrived on time. Their work was excellent, and they were very knowledgeable in the field. They even picked up some trash out of The yard that the previous handyman left behind and disposed of it for us. I would recommend them to friend...Read more about GettsTheJob Done
"Great rates and fast response time. They were very friendly and arrived on time. Their work was excellent, and they were very knowledgeable in the field. They even picked up some trash out of The yard that the previous handyman left behind and disposed of it for us. I would recommend them to friend...Read more about GettsTheJob Done
Porch Pro Headshot Superior Electrical Service, LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Are you looking to add outdoor lighting to your home or garden? Contact Superior Electrical Service in Forestville, MD. Homeowners who have used their services before gave them a 5-star rating.
Are you looking to add outdoor lighting to your home or garden? Contact Superior Electrical Service in Forestville, MD. Homeowners who have used their services before gave them a 5-star rating.
Porch Pro Headshot Walter's Painting & Handyman Services
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(10)
Enhance the beauty and safety of your home and outdoor spaces with the skilled experts at Walter's Painting & Handyman Services in Friendly, MD.
Enhance the beauty and safety of your home and outdoor spaces with the skilled experts at Walter's Painting & Handyman Services in Friendly, MD.
Porch Pro Headshot Shocker Electric
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Shocker Electric is family owned and operated based out of Sterling, VA. Since opening our doors in 2009, we have treated every customer like they were part of our family. Other companies may offer similar services, but our services come with a personal touch.
Shocker Electric is family owned and operated based out of Sterling, VA. Since opening our doors in 2009, we have treated every customer like they were part of our family. Other companies may offer similar services, but our services come with a personal touch.
Porch Pro Headshot Corb Electric , LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(21)
We’re here to supply all your electrical needs .
We’re here to supply all your electrical needs .
Porch Pro Headshot Seymour’s Electrical LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(1)
Seymour’s Electrical is a family own electrical company. We are Licensed, Bonded and Insured Electrical Company. Seymour’s Electrician has over 10+ years of experience in the electrical trade. Seymour’s Electrical is here to provide you with quality, value, and superior service.Seymour’s Electrical ...Read more about Seymour’s Electrical LLC
Seymour’s Electrical is a family own electrical company. We are Licensed, Bonded and Insured Electrical Company. Seymour’s Electrician has over 10+ years of experience in the electrical trade. Seymour’s Electrical is here to provide you with quality, value, and superior service.Seymour’s Electrical ...Read more about Seymour’s Electrical LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Majestic Hardscapes LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(25)
Give your home a whole new look with a vinyl siding service from Majestic hardscapes contracting LLC in Eldorado, MD.
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Give your home a whole new look with a vinyl siding service from Majestic hardscapes contracting LLC in Eldorado, MD.
Porch Pro Headshot Anb Telecom & Electric
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Porch Pro Headshot Bowman's Plumbing, Heating, A/C & Electrical Inc.
Bowman's Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, & Electrical Inc. was started in 1989, by our father, Everett Bowman. It was his goal then and our goal now to provide all of our clients with services marked by quality, dependability and value. Everett strove to give every client his personal attention...Read more about Bowman's Plumbing, Heating, A/C & Electrical Inc.
Bowman's Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, & Electrical Inc. was started in 1989, by our father, Everett Bowman. It was his goal then and our goal now to provide all of our clients with services marked by quality, dependability and value. Everett strove to give every client his personal attention...Read more about Bowman's Plumbing, Heating, A/C & Electrical Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Pure Electricial
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
I'm new business owner and Marine Veteran. Pure Electric has the potential to be a all in one stop shop, that can provide services needed for the average home. We do Electrical, AV, plumbing, drywall and paint, decks, concrete work, flooring, and HVAC. My focus is provide great service and quality w...Read more about Pure Electricial
I'm new business owner and Marine Veteran. Pure Electric has the potential to be a all in one stop shop, that can provide services needed for the average home. We do Electrical, AV, plumbing, drywall and paint, decks, concrete work, flooring, and HVAC. My focus is provide great service and quality w...Read more about Pure Electricial
Porch Pro Headshot JCJ Electric LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Porch Pro Headshot HERNANDEZ PLUMBING & MORE
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Porch Pro Headshot Sabah Electrical, LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Bring your garden and your home's architectural details to life with professional outdoor lighting from Sabah Electrical in Camp Springs.
Bring your garden and your home's architectural details to life with professional outdoor lighting from Sabah Electrical in Camp Springs.
Porch Pro Headshot I.E.S.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Integrity Electrical Services, LLC, can help you with all your electrical needs. We have over 14 years experience with residential, commercial and industrial properties. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality customer service, honest pricing, and approach your needs with solutions that ...Read more about I.E.S.
Integrity Electrical Services, LLC, can help you with all your electrical needs. We have over 14 years experience with residential, commercial and industrial properties. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality customer service, honest pricing, and approach your needs with solutions that ...Read more about I.E.S.
Porch Pro Headshot Electric-1
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Porch Pro Headshot S&R Electric Inc
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
S&R Electric is an electrical contractor that provides electrical troubleshooting, recessed lighting, and new home wiring as well as other services. They are based in Kensington.
S&R Electric is an electrical contractor that provides electrical troubleshooting, recessed lighting, and new home wiring as well as other services. They are based in Kensington.
Porch Pro Headshot All American Electrical Services
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
We are a family owned and operated business. Looking to provide quality work at fair price!
We are a family owned and operated business. Looking to provide quality work at fair price!

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Frequently asked questions about electricians

What is an electrician & what does an electrician do?

An electrician repairs, designs, installs, and maintains electrical systems. There are different types of electricians to choose from, like those who specialize in residential electrical or those who work outdoors. Residential electricians work inside the home to solve wiring problems or do installs. Electricians who work outdoors focus more on the construction of buildings and the systems needed for those projects. Quality electricians tend to be critical thinkers.

Electrical contractors are responsible for planning electrical systems in new buildings, including outlets, lighting fixtures, and ventilation. They install wiring, lighting, and electrical systems according to the municipal code. This also includes installing hangers and brackets to support electrical systems. They read and interpret blueprints and circuit diagrams. They perform maintenance and inspections of these systems. Electricians also repair or upgrade faulty systems, including removing the faults.

Electricians need to go through a trades program specializing in the field. It takes over 2,000 hours, or four years, of hands-on experience in most states before an electrician is licensed and able to work independently. This number can increase for journeymen electricians or if the electrician wants to work on commercial projects. Some states require these tradesmen to pass an exam or receive certification. Beyond acquiring a license, electricians also need to have insurance. This protects the electrician’s equipment, tools and vehicles, and also insures them if something goes wrong.

How to find a local electrician?

When you think, “I don’t know any electricians near me,” don’t worry — Porch has you covered. All you need to provide is your ZIP code, contact details, and a description of the project involved, and Porch will match you with a qualified professional. They vet the contractors for you, so you can spend your time where it’s needed most. When you search for an electrician, it’s important to know what the job costs on average before contacting someone. From there, a simple Google search will give you the necessary information, but be sure to read reviews on the contractor before hiring anyone. You can sort reviews by the most recent first and see what people have been saying. A great contractor will have a high number of reviews, and maintain an average of 4.5 stars. Always ask the electrician about their licenses, how they bill, their estimated turnaround time, and whether they specialize in a specific type of job. Before you bring on a profession, check your appliances on other outlets to rule out faulty machines, and double-check that the breakers are on. The most common reasons to hire electricians are flickering lighting or faulty light switches (or if either of the two buzzes when activated). The circuit breaker could have an arc fault or trip whenever a specific appliance runs. Some circuit breakers are outdated, or the wires weren’t designed for the amount of power running through them. Hiring an electrical contractor is a great idea if you have an abnormally high electric bill or want more outlets in the home. A contractor will help you plan the best places for new outlets in the most efficient way possible.

Electrician hourly rate: how much does an electrician cost?

An electrician generally costs between $60 to $100 per hour. The cost of an electrician will depend greatly upon the job, where you live, and what type of professional you hire. Higher costs of living and greater licensing fees also drive the price up. All that said, electrical work can be dangerous. A professional knows how to do the job safely, and they’re up to date on rules and regulations. There are several instances where an electrician may be needed. Common jobs are creating new outlets or light switches, installing phone lines and basic light fixtures, upgrading breakers and electrical circuits, fixing the wiring, installing a home generator, or even automating the home.

On average, a new light switch costs $125, and basic light fixtures cost between $80 to $200. Outlet installations can range from $200 to $750, while breakers and electrical panel installations range from $100 to $1,500. Adding a new phone line costs roughly $700, and recessed lighting costs roughly $800. Upgrading your electrical circuit can cost between $1,300 to $3,000, and installing new wiring can be anywhere from $1,200 to $18,000. Automating your home could cost between $5,000 to $9,000 while installing a generator costs around $2,000 to $10,000.

Some of these prices vary so wildly because no two homes are alike. An outlet that requires running wires through various rooms will cost more than a house where the wiring is simple and accessible. Old homes are harder to work with, and their electrical systems can be outdated. When you get a quote from a professional, be sure to ask him the reasons for the pricing. Materials cost more depending on where you live, which affects prices.

How to wire a switched outlet?

A switched outlet is a power outlet turned on or off via a switch. A variation of this is a half-hot outlet, or a duplex outlet, where the top plug is always ready to provide electricity, whereas the bottom plug doesn’t provide electricity unless you flip a switch. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet can’t accomplish half-hot — it must be fully active or only run via a switch.

Before you do anything, turn the power off. If you’re modifying an existing outlet that’s more than a few years old, you might want to replace the outlet. Your outlet needs to match the amperage of your breaker. If your breaker puts out 20 amps, your outlet needs to be capable of handling exactly that. To prep the switch outlet, you’ll need to take the faceplate off and break the tab connecting the two brass screw-plates. Don’t break the one connecting the two silver screws.

In a nutshell, your hot and neutral wires (black and white, respectively) will both go to the switch. You’ll run a 14-3 wire from the box to the switch. You’ll need to pigtail the hotline and cap them with a marrette. Connect the pigtail and the remaining black wire to the outlet. Connect the neutral wire to the silver terminal on the other side. Each line has a copper line, which needs to be grounded to the grounding screw. Electrical work needs to be done correctly to work safely. If you’re uncertain about what you are doing, we highly recommend hiring an electrician. Electricity can cause a lot of damage if done incorrectly, and what seems like a simple task is often best left to professionals.

How much does it cost to install an electrical outlet?

Outlet installations can cost, on average, $300. This price can be lower or significantly higher, depending on the job, location, and special features you need. Most of this cost goes to labor and ensures the job is done safely. A GFCI outlet will cost more to install, as materials are more expensive and more labor is involved.

Most outlets are generally cheap in terms of materials. A standard 120V outlet can be purchased for $4.00 on average. 2-Prong, 3-Prong, and higher voltage outlets (220V, 240V, 250V) range between $5.00 to $20.00 on the high end. A GFCI outlet, on average, is close to $20. Floor and smart outlets are more versatile, costing an average of $40.

If you want your electrician to replace the outlets, you expect a charge of around $55 per hour — but a skilled local electrician could replace as many as twelve outlets in a single hour. Installing new outlets takes up to two hours, depending on the location. Remember that you’ll also pay for the materials and wiring for new outlets, so these jobs cost roughly $150 to $225 per installation.

Many factors alter your costs. If your existing wiring is up to code and already in place, this will lower your costs. On the flip side, your costs will increase if your outlet is in a difficult location or needs more wiring, your costs will increase. If you need outlets to run large appliances, such as a dryer, or installing GFCI outlets, you’ll have a higher cost due to the expensive materials and the job’s complexity. Electricity is hazardous, and a professional is licensed and insured for the job. Beyond simply switching plate covers, it’s a good idea to hire an electrician.

Can you do electrical work without a license?

The easy answer is yes, you can do some basic residential electrical work without a license. This answer varies state by state, so double-check regulations where you live. You can replace outlets, light switches, and even light fixtures. Regular switches are easy to replace with dimmer switches, and light fixtures are simple enough to replace with a ceiling fan. Other simple repairs include replacing a fuse or breaker inside an electrical panel. You can replace bathroom fans, hardwired smoke detectors, and appliances or install low-voltage outdoor lighting on your own.

Remember to cut the power before doing any electrical work. Most of these jobs require basic tools. For simple replacements, you can wire the new outlets or switches just as the old ones were. If you’re upgrading them, be certain to read and follow the directions. Replacing fuses and smoke detectors are quick and easy jobs, but replacing a breaker in your electrical panel is more complicated. Be cautious if you need to do this, as it’s often a sign of something wrong in the electrical system. It may be more efficient and effective in the long run to bring in a professional if there are underlying problems.

Not all residential electrical jobs can be done unlicensed. You’ll need a license if you want to upgrade or relocate your panel or upgrade to a 200 amp service. This is also true if you’re adding a new breaker or circuit or running new wiring for an outlet or switch. If you need to add a subpanel, you’ll also need to be licensed. For most electrical work, it’s imperative to stick with a professional if you’re uncomfortable or don’t understand the work. Electricity is dangerous, and you want to prioritize your health, your family’s health, and your home’s safety. Your local electricians will ensure the job is done correctly, which is worth every penny for the peace of mind.

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